The Oilers traded centre Boyd Gordon to Arizona for winger Lauri Korpikoski. Gordon has one year left with a $3 millon cap hit, while Korpikoski has two years remaining at $2.5 million AAV.
Tuesday was the last day to place players on unconditional waivers prior to a buyout, and the Oilers passed on the opportunity, meaning that the obvious candidates for severance will either have to be moved in some other manner or will be around next season. And that’s just fine.
This year’s crop of free agents isn’t great, but there a few players that would help the Oilers.
On the weekend I had a chance (along with Paul Almeida) to talk with Paul and Griffin Reinhart. It was mere hours after the trade that brought Griffin to the Oilers and both men were pleased with the opportunity.